Oh, the dystopia!! Will it ever end?? The answer is not very likely. We've got endless sequels of series yet to come, and each one finds it completely necessary (when it's completely not) to split their respective final installments in half. Sigh. Today's latest dystopian teen flick is the forgettably titled Insurgent, the sequel to the almost equally unforgettably titled Divergent. So let's cut to the chase. Is the sequel worth your time? The answer to that question depends on how warmly you received the first film. If you found that film lacking, the flaws in this one will only be more glaring. On the other hand, if you thought Divergent was a pleasant, brain numbing flick you'll probably enjoy Insurgent pretty well. For me? I'm somewhere in the middle.

Let's address some of its shortcomings first and then discuss its strengths. This movie requires you to turn off your brain and take MANY logical leaps. If you're dumb enough like me (this is one of the few times where I will EVER admit this) and get easily distracted staring at Theo James's face for two hours, you might not notice how silly some of the plot points are that this movie is trying to make you swallow. The plot and character motivations of Kate Winslet's Jeanine really don't make a lot of sense if you look at them within the context of the first movie. And can we talk about the name JEANINE for a second? A wonderful name for a villain if ever there was one. Every time anyone said the name I secretly chuckled. How could that name conjure up fear? It sounds like the name of the nicest lady in the neighborhood who will bring over lasagna at the drop of a hat. But I digress. It's a silly thing to be critical of, I know. Then again, no one's motivations (save for when Tobias/Four does anything out of love for Tris) make a lot of sense. You can tell the story came first. The characters came second and function as plot devices as much as possible. The worst offender of this would have to be Miles Teller's character, Peter, who may be the biggest flip-flopping character I've ever seen. Also there's a couple moments of unintentional humor in facial reactions of Tris that I couldn't help but chuckle at. Otherwise this was a pretty humorless affair. I get the stakes are higher this go round, but a little bit of humor could have gone a long way. As it is, I checked my watch a few times when it hit the hour and a half mark. It felt way longer than it was.

Now for the good. Did I mention how beautiful Theo James is? I probably could have just written his name in big bold letters and called this category good. But he and Shailene's other former love interests from various films all do a fine job (It's funny when they all happen to be in frame together in the beginning. It's like "Shailene Woodley's army of lovers"). Shailene Woodley is a likable actress, but I'm not sure if she sold Tris to me this time. Still that likeability carries her far. I also enjoyed seeing more of this Dystopian world than last time, and it was nice that some more famous faces popped up. And props to Kate Winslet's Jeanine. She's certainly creative in the means she uses to get all their people in line! If you go along with it, Insurgent is entertaining, even if it doesn't make a lot of sense. It's Hunger Games: Lite. But honestly, even still I probably enjoyed this more than Mockingjay Part 1. Your viewing will also be helped depending how attractive you find the leads...I was in luck. EMILY RATING: 6/10

The Divergent Series: The Lovers of Shailene Woodley.
Featuring (from right to left): Theo James (Divergent, Insurgent) Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now,) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars.) 


Sarah said...

Ha ha! That's funny that so many of her other movie love interests are in this movie too. Awkward! So, who hasn't kissed her? :)

As for the first film, I found it entertaining, but not mind shattering. I can't say that I have been salivating over a sequel.

Also, I have heard from people who read the book that the film adaptation was different than what they expected and didn't really fulfill their expectations. In addition to that, I have heard that a lot of people who read the books were disappointed with how they ended.

Johanna said...

Yeah, sadly for Niel, I won't be seeing this.